The Limousines get hot and sweaty at their “Hush” album release party

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Writing and photos by Nikki de Martini

Last weekend was hot, but it got even hotter in downtown San Jose at The Limousines’ album release party for their new LP HUSH June 28 at The Blank Club.

Local buzz band, Anya & The Get Down presented amped reggae funkiness for a healthy 45 minute opening act. Lead singer Anya Kvitka commanded the venue, showcasing her soulful singing style and abrasive stage presence. Under a gold-plated, stud drenched baseball cap she dropped F-bombs between songs, challenged hecklers and threatened to have people kicked out of the club, while maintaining an upbeat vibe. Regardless of her attitude, the crowd got down with Anya and The Get Down and whom did a great job warming the stage up for The Limousines!

It was just about midnight when the The Limousines hit the stage kicking things off with “Love is A Dog From Hell”, which is the first track off of their second studio album, HUSH. By the second song of their set, “Stranger”, it was apparent the club was filled with Limousines fanatics because everyone knew all of the words to every new song!

Dressed in black from head to toe, singer/songwriter Eric Victorino worked up a sweat while owning the minuscule stage and I’m guessing that he wished that the artificial fog that started pouring out around him was real (I know I did!). He looked literally hot and exhausted, but it didn’t affect his performance. Engaging minimally with fans in an attempt to save his energy, Eric did end up acknowledging the general hotness a couple different times last, stating: “We had a CD release show in San Francisco, HUSH came out on June 6th, but a lot of our San Jose fans couldn’t make it! What the Fuck?! I think this is the hottest fucking room…so…thanks for sticking with us!” and “I swear to god, if I didn’t love this band and I was in this crowd I’d be the FUCK out of here.”

Half way through the set fans started chanting requests for older material like “Wishing Well” and “Very Busy People”, but the band continued on playing tracks off the new album. They seemed to be slowing down little by little on stage as the crowd conversely got rowdy, shovey and even more sweaty. After playing the heart aching ballad, “The Last Dance”, Eric explained that The Limousines were playing HUSH all the way through.

Staying true to his word, title track “Hush” was the last song of the night and Eric invited fans to stick around after the show and drink with them as they were not going to be doing an encore. The Bay Area indie-tronica boys beat the heat, delivering a good hometown show at a club that apparently doesn’t have air conditioning. Friday night’s show was the last Bay Area gig The Limousines have lined up in a while so hopefully you were fortunate enough to get youre sweat on at the Blank Club!

PHOTOS: Fall Out Boy at Fox Theater Oakland

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The alt-rockin’ punk-pop theatrics of Fall Out Boy returned to the Bay Area Sunday (June 16) at Fox Theater Oakland. Frontman Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley had been on hiatus from 2010-2013, but they’ve returned to play a sold out US theater-based tour in June before stepping it up a notch with arenas in the fall. Fall Out Boy is on the road in support of their new record Save Rock and Roll. Marc Fong was on the scene in Oakland Sunday to catch some snaps.

WKEND MIXTAPE: The Funk Hunters Present Night Spell – A Love Mix

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Our mix this week comes from Canada’s The Funk Hunters showcasing a mix of contemporary tunes geared for love. Though released on Valentine’s Day, this mix will sound great anytime of the year. Known for their high-energy DJ sets blending a range of styles along with original productions and audio-visual performances.

For more mixes and music from The Funk Hunters check out their Soundcloud page.

TRACKLIST:
1. Akshin Alizadeh – Woman
2. The Nextmen Vs Joe Dukie – Hold Me Now
3. Lone Drum – Minnie
4. Kartell – Love Strike
5. Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back (Cosmic Kids Edit)
6. Mary J. Blige Ft. Diddy And Lil Wayne – Someone To Love Me (MJB Naked Edit)
7. B. Bravo & Teko – More Than Just A Dream
8. Wilde Belle – It’s Too Late (Snakehips Remix)
9. Malifique – Party Lights
10. Loot & Plunder – Thinkin Bout Your Body (Cousin Culo Edit)
11. Souleance – Chemise
12. Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (RAC Remix)
13. Moon Beats – Sugar
13. Toro y Moi – Rose Quartz
14. No Body Else – Full Crate & Mar
15. Disclosure – Latch
16. Break – Love so True
17. Dynamic & Command Strange – Jazzamine
18. Magnafide – Shapes
19. Big Bud – Lady Sing The Blues (Flaco Rmx)
20. Justin Martin – Lady Bug
21. Madeaux – Song #2

Photos: Urban Cone at Popscene

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Urban Cone is an electronic dance-pop group from Stockholm, Sweden that counts Rasmus Flyckt, Magnus Folkö, Tim Formgren, Emil Gustafsson, Jacob William Sjöberg as its members.

They headlined the Popscene show at Rickshaw Stop on January 31, and Maggie Corwin was there to get some awesome snaps!

Ghost Beach headlines Popscene Thursday, February 7. Buy tickets.

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